A dictionary of environment and conservation

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Oxford University Press, Sep 4, 2007 - Nature - 522 pages
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As the popularity of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth attests, the environment has become an increasingly important issue in the minds of most people. In A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation, Chris Park offers a comprehensive reference work for everyone concerned about the future of our planet.
This comprehensive dictionary contains over 8,500 informative entries on all aspects of the environment and conservation, embracing a broad spectrum of concerns, including sustainable development, biodiversity, environmental ethics, philosophy and history, resource management, sociology, and environmental policy. In addition to its wide-ranging, concise definitions, the Dictionary includes thirty highlighted entries on topics such as Antarctica, Gaia hypothesis, Chernobyl, genetic engineering, the Kyoto Protocol, ozone depletion, and the United Nations Conference on Environmental Development. It is important to note that, unlike other books in this area, the dictionary addresses not only the scientific side of conservation and the environment, but also social, legal, political and economic aspects. Readers will find clear, concise coverage of international treaties, movements, trusts and organizations, as well as biographies of key figures in environmental science. The volume also boasts wide coverage of terms relating to rural/community development and participation, an area that plays an increasingly crucial role in managing the environment and biodiversity. The dictionary concludes with a valuable selection of 10 appendices, including international hazard assessment scales such as the Beaufort scale, the Richter scale, Torino asteroid and comet impact hazard scale, and the Fujita tornado scale, plus the geologic timescale and an appendix of useful websites for further study.
Concise and wide-ranging, this is an essential work of reference for students and professionals, and anyone with an interest in the environment and conservation.

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Contents

Sources of online data on the environment
498
International environmental treaties
500
The Beaufort scale of wind strength
513
The SaffirSimpson hurricane scale
514
The Fujita scale of tornado intensity
515
Torino asteroid and comet impact hazard scale
516
Richter earthquake magnitude and modified Mercalli earthquake intensity scales
517
The geological timescale
518
Chemical elements
519
SI units and conversions
521
Copyright

About the author (2007)


Chris Park is a Professorial Fellow and Director of the Graduate School at Lancaster University. An authority on environmentalism, he has written more than 50 journal articles and 10 books, including The Environment: Principles and Applications.

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